I've neve used an MSI board, but have heard from both sides. CJ-CWC is right. A bum mobo can happen with any manufacturer. That's what warranties are for.

I've been an asus fan since 1999. Before that, ABIT. For my next machine, I'm going with a Supermicro board, only because they offer the most choices for a dual CPU config. I have yet to chose a board though. I've got 3 possibilities.

If you're like me and like a board with little onboard (no sound, vid or LAN for me) pick out the components you want, then hit the forums, looking for possible hardware conflicts with the board of choice. E-Mail the manufacturer with your cmponent list and ask if there are any conflicts.

Hope it helps.